Speech Pathology for Schools

In every classroom, there will be 2 or more children that have difficulties with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) that impacts their academic success and engagement in school life.

Speech pathology intervention provided as part of a holistic school based program to support children with SLCN will help them reach their full potential at home and school.

Current evidence (Speech Pathology Australia, 2017) suggests that

  • Strong oral language skills are the foundation for participation in all areas of the curriculum and underpin educational success.
  • Children with poor language skills are six times more likely to experience later reading difficulties.
  • Children with speech, language and communication needs are at greater risk of bullying and poor social-emotional outcomes than their peers.
  • Access to appropriate therapy for difficulties with communication can reduce the cost of supporting a child throughout their schooling and lead to improved educational outcomes.

Individual Student Services

We provide:

  • Assessments
  • Individualised therapy
  • Co-teaching opportunities
  • Teacher support

These services can be provided at the school campus or at home.

What makes our approach different?

We are committed to providing a service as part of an inclusive health model which fosters collaboration between the school, family and therapist.

We build the capacity of teachers to identify children who need Speech Pathology and develop their ability to better support these children in the classroom.

We have developed systems to ease the administrative burden on schools by using a telehealth platform which allows the school a single point of access to our services with readily available information on schedules, sessions, billings and other analytics.

We remove the burden on international schools to source, train, supervise and provide resources for a school based Speech Pathologist or facilitate access to limited local services.

Professional Development

ATSA Introductory training – Talking the Talk

Co-designed with international schools in Thailand, this introductory training program is 5 one hour webinar series designed to develop teachers ability to identify, support and understand the nature of difficulties for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). Each session is followed by a 30 minute discussion (optional) and application task to be completed in the classroom (15 – 30 minutes).

The topics included:

  • Background to Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
  • Language development, identification and strategies
  • Speech development, identification and strategies
  • Bilingual language development and strategies
  • Assessments, reports, individualised case studies and problem solving

Group based services

Learning Language and Loving It™ – The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators  

Learning Language and Loving It (LLLI) is part of a suite of programs developed by the Hanen Centre to promote children’s language and literacy development. It is designed to teach early childhood educators practical strategies for helping children build language and social skills, regardless of their learning and communication styles (including children with a learning delay and/or disability).

It builds on the principles of interactive language stimulation, supporting educators to use naturalistic interaction strategies that are associated with accelerated language development.

The Learning Language and Loving It Program was designed to provide early childhood educators with practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills, no matter what their learning and communication styles are, and even if they have special needs.

The Learning Language and Loving It Program provides you with practical, research-based strategies for:

  • Promoting every child’s language development using natural everyday activities, routines and play
  • Becoming attuned to children’s interests so you can follow their lead, which is known to foster language development
  • Adjusting the way you talk to help children develop more advanced language skills
  • Promoting interaction among the children themselves
  • Facilitating language-learning in pretend play
  • Fostering emergent literacy skills

Program Overview

  • Online delivery of training by a certified speech pathologist of up to 20 educators (both teachers and teacher’s aids) at a time that works for each individual school.
  • 5-8 intensive group training sessions (15-20 hours) in which you learn through a variety of media and by interacting with your fellow educators;
  • 4-6 individual videotaping and feedback sessions for each educator (educators’ interactions with children are videotaped by and reviewed with the group leader); and
  • User-friendly resources to support your learning.

Download a detailed  summary supporting the Learning Language and Loving It Program.

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